its been driving me crazy for quite some time, and i’ve just got to ask… what is all this Tiber Swim Team stuff? I see it on peoples signatures saying class of 98 or class of 05. My curiosity is getting the best of me, i guess.
Their converts…the Tiber is the main watercourse of the city of Rome.
oh! gotcha! thanks for filling me in.
I wondered that at first too and I looked up Tiber in Wikipedia and saw it was a river. At first I thought it was some US college swim team !! aahahaha.
No, not stupid at all! I had been wondering this myself. Thanks for asking.
Crossing rivers is a strong symbol in Roman history. On the secular side of things, we have the phrase “crossing the Rubicon”, which means acting in a manner that there’s no going back on. To cross that river with an army under arms was an de facto act of rebellion by a general. Caesar did that, and said “the die is cast” when he did.
So it was a rather short step to use the image of crossing a river – the one that runs through the City of Rome itself – as an image of coming home to the Church.
Somewhere, I recall hearing it used for Anglican converts to Rome - e.g. Cardinal Newman. They left the Thames for the Tyber.
Just for the record, FarmFresh, the only “stupid” question is the one you don’t ask…
I’ve heard of Greek Orthodox converts swimming the Ionian- Sea, that is.